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24th Napa Pain Conference

NPC2017-F07b - Treating Cancer Pain & Patients

Aug 18, 2017 2:00pm ‐ Aug 18, 2017 4:00pm

Credits: None available.



Addressing pain experienced by the cancer patient from diagnosis to survivorship and beyond or death.

Cancer patients are living longer. Patients go from struggling to survive to rebuilding themselves as individuals. How can we provide the best care for these patients through their entire arc of care?

This session is designed for pain practitioners, neurosurgeons, physical medicine and rehab, advanced practice providers and allied health practitioners involved in oncological care.


2:00 Cancer Rehabilitation: Assessing Pain & Functioning, Management Throughout Progression: Lisa Stearns, MD
2:30 Stim or Pump vs. Medical Management: Lisa Stearns, MD
3:00 Neurosurgery: When to Refer & What Neurosurgery Can Offer the Cancer Patient with Intractable Pain: Erich Richter, MD
3:30 Patient Strategies: Complementary Medicine & Group Visits: Julie Burch, MEd


As a result of completing this course, learners will be able / better able to:

  • Address functional status of the cancer patient undergoing treatment in order to optimize function to improve performance scores.
  • Identify patients for whom interventional procedures would improve quality of life and function.
  • Understand the evolving cancer patient, specifically addressing the urgency of treatment and chronicity of care.
  • Integrate complimentary therapies to engage patients in a more active role in maintenance of their physical, emotional and spiritual self.
  • Determine which complementary therapy practitioners will suit the needs of their patient population; how to use complementary therapists in their specific setting, and how to locate and recommend appropriate practitioners.
  • Establish the need for group medical visits; determine the depth in which group medical visits can be applied in their practice; and begin the implementation process for group medical visits.


  • Dr. Lisa J. Stearns, MD, Founder, Center for Pain and Supportive Care
  • Dr. Erich O. Richter, MD, Associate Director of the Epilepsy Center of Excellence (COE), and Director of Surgical Epilepsy
  • Julie Burch, MEd, Yoga+ Division Leader, Center for Pain and Supportive Care
Category: CME


Credits: None available.

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